""Wish You Were Here..."": Dr. Megala writes in his entry about new recent findings in Captain Atom's alien metal exo-shell. According to Megala, the metallic skin that coats Nathaniel Adam belongs to the remains of an extraterrestrial spacecraft from which said alien metal was first extracted i
Appearing in "Wish You Were Here..."
- Sissy Houston (Only appearance; dies)
- Dr. Mortimer (First appearance)
- Lt. Francis Travis (First appearance)
- Damon Clinic
Synopsis for "Wish You Were Here..."
Dr. Megala writes in his entry about new recent findings in Captain Atom's alien metal exo-shell. According to Megala, the metallic skin that coats Nathaniel Adam belongs to the remains of an extraterrestrial spacecraft from which said alien metal was first extracted in 1967 and used in Project Captain Atom. Upon re-examination in conjunction with the upcoming "Major Force Project," Dr. Megala hopes that further testings with Nathaniel will provide new insights into the strange symbiotic relationship between Nathaniel and the metal. However, Babylon informs Dr. Megala that Nathaniel is currently unavailable due to being drafted by the Justice League International—in reality, he is being used as an inside man to spy and report the JLI's activities to General Eiling.
With Captain Atom occupied, Babylon takes Dr. Megala to the Damon Clinic to visit his colleague Anton Sarrok. Megala and Babylon then learns from Sarrok's physician Dr. Mortimer that Sarrok is currently catatonic and hasn't said a word for almost a year since the day Megala was discharged from the clinic. The two are in dismay to find Sarrok unresponsively sitting and watching a TV. Megala reminiscent Sarrok as being one of the most brilliant astrophysicists in America before his nervous breakdown, and was making progress after spending his days having conversations with Megala in the past. Presumably, Megala's discharge apparently contributed to Sarrok's condition as Sarrok had depended on him. Suddenly and without warning, the clinic is taken hostage by one of its patient, Homer Lockheed, whose armed with Babylon's confiscated Magnum pistol.
Homer wounds one of the staffers before forcing some of the staff and Babylon out of the building before making demands to the police in which he want to see Peggy Adam. The police has no intentions in honoring Homer's demands, and sends two shooters to take him out. But Babylon takes action by forcibly taking over the shooters' places and making a solo attempt to stop Homer. Back inside, Dr. Megala makes an attempt to stop Homer but winds up in having his wheelchair shot. Infuriated and quickly losing patience, Homer threatens to kill the hostages and himself within two minutes. Sarrok suddenly speaks out, rallying the hostages that Homer needs their help and that he cannot shoot all of them. Before Homer could fill out his threat, Babylon crashes through the window and subduing Homer. With the crisis over, Megala and Sarrok finally make amends. Megala makes his promise to visit Sarrok often while Sarrok assures him that there's no hurry.
Meanwhile, journalist Sissy Houston is trying to find her friend and fellow reporter Mabel Ryan, who has been declared missing ever since she exposed Tom Emery as Dr. Spectro. She is contacted by her associate in the Pentagon who has uncover a lead in Mabel's disappearance, but he tells her that it is not good news before arranging their meeting at a parking garage. Sissy soon gets her evidence from her contact. But upon returning to her car, she is killed by a bomb planted in the vehicle. Her murder is set up by Eiling's aide Harry Hadley, who is responsible for leaking the Captain Atom Project to Mabel Ryan as part of his plans to destroy Captain Atom. But due to recent developments in Captain Atom's connections to the JLI, Hadley's plans has changed and is removing all loose ends, and Sissy is unfortunately among them.
- The Major Force Project is fully explore in Captain Atom (Volume 2) #12.
- The "crisis" in the JLI embassy in New York occurs in Justice League International #8.
- No trivia.
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